* ActorAllusion:
** ''[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]'' does it. The crew meet [[spoiler: Creator/CraigCharles, who plays Lister]], and Rimmer asks for his own sitcom (Chris Barrie starred in ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'', which alluded to Brittas having a similar event occur in his past to Rimmer).
** Cat's 'Do ''I'' dance?' from "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]". A more prominent example is the ''Blue Midget'' dance from "Back in the Red".
*** The Cat gliding around on roller skates in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2}} Me2]]". Danny John-Jules was in Starlight Express.
** The {{Shout Out}}s to the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series could be seen as one to Mac [=McDonald=] having played a colony commander in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* ActingForTwo: Each of the cast plays alternate versions of themselves at one point. Robert Llewellyn takes the cake, though, [[YouLookFamiliar also playing]] Jim Reaper (Diva Droid's head of marketing who [[CastingGag calls Kryten ugly]]), Bongo (Ace Rimmer's CO), and the Data Doctor (who is used to reset Kryten to his factory settings). Presumably he also shares the likeness of John Warburton, who never appeared on-screen but was apparently used as the template for the Series 4000 mechanoids.
* BreakawayPopHit: The song "Tongue Tied" from (from the Series II episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]") was so popular amongst fans that it was released as a single (complete with remixes) in order to coincide with Series 6, several years (and four series) after the episode aired. This is especially impressive because the show never spawned an actual soundtrack album. The episode is one of the most popular of Series II largely because of this song.
* TheCastShowoff:
** Rimmer's impressions and parroting while he malfunctions in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Queeg}} Queeg]]". Chris Barrie is a trained impersonator who had already starred in ''Series/SpittingImage''. Chris Barrie's lip synching and mannerisms when playing the other characters are also far more convincing than the other actors' in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Bodyswap}} Bodyswap]]".
** Danny John-Jules is a trained dancer, and dance sequences for Cat appear in several episodes. He also got to sing in a dream sequence. The song, "Tongue Tied", became a respectable hit and was on the Top 20 in the UK. He also works in some juggling, rollerskating and gymnastics in various episodes.
** That cool instrumental Kryten is playing air guitar to in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Timeslides}} Timeslides]]"? Creator/CraigCharles wrote it. He also wrote and sang the song that plays in the same episode as Lister arrives at his mansion.
* ChannelHop: Originally broadcast on Creator/TheBBC, it fell by the wayside after series VIII. After repeats on Dave became hugely popular, the "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]" special was created and on the back of that series X came to be.
* CreatorBacklash:
** In [[http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/ this]] 1993 interview with ''Starbust Magazine'', Chris Barrie was highly critical of Series VI. Though, as the article states in a post-script clarification, with the interview being published - and likely held - in 1993, the fact that Chris Barrie was actively filming for both Series VI of Red Dwarf ''and'' Series 4 of ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' could have led to exhaustion and burnout at the time. Especially considering Series VI was the only time Red Dwarf won an award; scoring an International Emmy for "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIGunmenOfTheApocalypse Gunmen Of The Apocalypse]]".
** Craig Charles and Danny John-Jules don't do much to hide their disdain for Series VII (outside of the first two episodes) during the DVD commentaries, and by "[[Recap/ReDwarfSeasonVIIEpideme Epideme]]", it's quite clear that both men don't really want to be there any more.
** Doug Naylor has admitted that the Remastered series was a failure and probably should not have been done, perhaps best summed up by his DVD commentary on Polymorph Remastered:
-->'''Naylor''' [''of the new ending in the Remastered version'']: My memory was that the rework was funnier... but that clearly isn't.
* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode:
** Chris Barrie's favorite episode was "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDimensionJump Dimension Jump]]", followed by "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIIMarooned Marooned]]".
** Creator/CraigCharles also named "Marooned" as one of his favourites, noting that it would work as a stage play.
** Robert Llewellyn's favourite episode was "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Krytie TV}} Krytie TV]]".
** Norman Lovett's favourite episode was "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIQueeg Queeg]]", one of the few Holly-centric episodes.
* DeletedScene: Loads of them. Many of them were trimmed for pacing and some others were cut because the effects they had [[SpecialEffectsFailure were very unconvincing]]. They appear as extras on the DVD box sets.
* DevelopmentHell:
** The movie is infamous for being stuck here. Originally planned to go into production after Series VII, it got as far as having a script reading by the cast, filming dates announced and a prosthetic test for Robert Llewellyn. Unfortunately, thanks to continuing issues with funding, it never got any further than that. All that remains of the project is a test model shot using the Remastered ship, included on the ''Bodysnatcher Collection'' DVD set, and about 35 script drafts, with some of the ideas from the drafts reused as the series X episode, "The Beginning".
** The series itself was originally supposed to be filmed and aired in 1987, but was delayed by an electricians' strike.
* DoingItForTheArt: ''[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]'', despite its small budget, looks quite impressive for a TV production. This is because several members of the production team actually worked for free; the CG Skutter seen in part 1 was done entirely by one person for no pay, simply because he loved the show so much.
* DVDCommentary:
** Every single episode (except for Series X) gets a DVD commentary track from the entire cast for that whole series. The exception is Series V, which Creator/CraigCharles couldn't show up to the commentary recording for due to being ill so instead the other actors all imitate him and mercilessly make fun of him while he's not there. Series V and VI also include a fan commentary on the most popular episode of each series. The one for "Back to Reality" had someone from the studio sitting in to make sure the fans didn't just quote the entire episode as it happened.
** Series VII also features Chris Barrie commenting on episodes he doesn't appear in (his character left in episode 2 but appeared in flashbacks in two more episodes after that) and for one episode he basically complains how boring it is, and the rest of the cast agree.
** Older than DVD! A VHS boxset containing one episode from each of the first six series was released, that came with an audio CD containing creator commentaries on each of the episodes.
* DyeingForYourArt: Chloe Annett had her long light brown hair cut short and dyed dark brown so that she'd look more like her predecessor Clare Grogan when she took the role in Series VII. In Series VIII, she had her own natural hair (despite the fact that the series premiere took place a matter of minutes after the previous series' finale - the change in appearance was never commented on).
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** If Creator/CraigCharles looks genuinely shocked when handed a picture of Kryten's genitalia in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDNA D.N.A.]]", it's because he was handed a Polaroid of some actual bloke's penis, which he hadn't been informed was going to happen beforehand.
** Craig Charles had the flu during the filming of "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Fathers and Suns}} Fathers and Suns]]". The heavy sweating and generally ill look during Lister's video rant to himself was genuine.
* FanFilm: Quite a few were made. A couple of them even appear as extras on the series VII boxset.
* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/CraigCharles and Chris Barrie didn't get on initially. Craig Charles noted that it actually worked for the [[VitriolicBestBuds dynamic]] between Rimmer and Lister.
* McLeaned: Norman Lovett left due to behind-the-scenes issues.
* MissingEpisode: In the early '90s, a test pilot written by [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Linwood Boomer]] was produced by NBC for American audiences. According to some sources, it was received well by the audience, but [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the studio execs weren't satisfied]], so Grant and Naylor were brought on board to try to fix it. The final product never aired, but [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it's been bootlegged ever since.]]
* NamesTheSame: "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Lemons}} Lemons]]" has the Dwarfers travel to the past and end up meeting a traveller named [[spoiler:Jesus during the years little was chronicled about him]]...but then it turns out [[spoiler:Jesus]] was a common name back then...
* NoBudget:
** ''Dwarf'' is no stranger to this, but the most significant example is ''Back to Earth''. The concept grew from short clips celebrating the show's 20th anniversary, to a two-part story accompanied by a live episode, to a full-fledged three-part production filmed in HD; unfortunately, the budget did not. The only saving grace was that advancements in technology allowed them to do a lot more with their meagre budget than they would have been able to a decade or two previously. The ill-fated movie also went through several rewrites based on wildly fluctuating budgets.
** Even Series III, with its vastly improved sets and costumes, didn't have a budget that was much bigger than the earlier seasons, but it was spent more wisely, especially with set designer Mel Bibby's ingenious ways of making impressive improvised sets.
* NoStuntDouble: Creator/CraigCharles made a point of doing all his own stunts. His co-stars joke that he's MadeOfIron thanks to all the bumps he's taken over the years.
* TheOtherDarrin: Several:
** Holly, the ship's computer and most notable example, was played by Norman Lovett for Series I-II and was replaced by Hattie Hayridge for Series III-V before being PutOnABus in Series VI. When the character returned for Series VIII (and the Series VII finale), Holly was once again played by Norman Lovett.
** Kryten, the mechanoid, was a one-off character in Series II played by David Ross. When he became a regular in Series III, Ross was unavailable and Robert Llewellyn replaced him for the rest of the show's run.
** Talkie Toaster (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) was voiced by John Lenahan in Series I and II (although his scenes were cut for the latter.) When the character resurfaced briefly in a Series IV episode ("[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]"), not only was he voiced by David Ross (the original Kryten) but the original prop had been replaced as well.
** Kristine Kochanski was a guest character in Series I, II and VI, and played by Clare Grogan. When the character became a main character in Series VII, Grogan was unavailable and Chloë Annett replaced her.
** Rimmer's father was played by John Abineri in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Better Than Life}} Better Than Life]]". After Abineri's death, in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]", he was played by Simon Treves.
** UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler first appeared in "Timeslides" by way of stock footage, complete with a CreditsGag announcing him as "Tonight's Guest Star". Kenneth Hadley played him in "Meltdown" and Ryan Gage played him in "Cured". This is justified in that, on both occasions, it's [[ActuallyADoombot a droid of Hitler]].
* TheOtherMarty: Creator/AlfredMolina was originally cast in the role of Rimmer, but WordOfGod says that he wanted to make too many changes to the character for the writers' liking.
* OutOfOrder:
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Future Echoes}} Future Echoes]]" was the fourth episode to be recorded, but it was switched with "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Balance of Power}} Balance of Power]]" because it was deemed a good intro to the science-fiction aspect of the series. Balance Of Power continued flashbacks as "The End" did, with Lister taking an exam as Rimmer had done in the previous episode. There are a few minor plotholes, namely that Talkie Toaster is introduced in Balance Of Power but seen as an (already annoying) regular in Future Echoes, and that Cat was motivated to steal Lister's goldfish in Future Echoes because he is implied to have eaten the vending machine's entire supply of fish in "Balance Of Power".
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Dimension Jump}} Dimension Jump]]" and "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Meltdown}} Meltdown]]" were originally intended to air at the beginning of season four. Because of UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar still raging at the time, they were pushed back, due to their military overtones (Ace Rimmer being a jet pilot was a minor one, but still considered too militaristic). This results in a PlotHole during "Meltdown", where Kryten is unable to resist carrying out the deranged Rimmer's orders, despite having disobeyed him in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVCamille Camille]]" (which aired as the first episode of the season).
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Demons and Angels}} Demons and Angels]]" was meant to open Series V, but due to technical issues, it was delayed.
* PayingTheirDues: Of the four original main characters, only one was played by an experienced actor. Creator/CraigCharles (Lister) was a poet, Danny John-Jules (The Cat) was a dancer, and Norman Lovett (Holly) was a stand-up comic.
** Even Chris Barrie (Rimmer), although he had acting experience by the time the series started, was originally an impressionist.
* ThePeteBest: Kryten first appeared in a one-off appearance in Season 2 where he was played by David Ross. The character proved popular and opened up more storytelling possibilities, so Grant and Naylor decided to bring him back as a regular -- Ross was unable to take the role due to scheduling commitments, however, so he was replaced by Robert Llewellyn (with a HandWave about how his appearance and personality was now different). Llewellyn proceeded to make the part his own, and even write some episodes.
* PlayingAgainstType: Ace was specifically created so Chris Barrie could play someone who wasn't a "git."
* QuoteSource: This series provides the page quote for:
** BringMeMyBrownPants
** EverybodyDidIt
** MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
** RidiculousFutureSequelisation
** StatingTheSimpleSolution
** VillainyDiscretionShot
* RealitySubtext:
** Derailed by large hiatus at peak of UK popularity.
** Also completely changed the course of Series [=VIII=]. Originally, it was going to end with a two-parter, culminating in the crew finally returning to Earth but obliterating civilisation as they arrive. However, circumstances meant the hour-long series opener had to become a three-parter, another episode had to become a two-parter and the series had to finish on a cliffhanger.
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Meltdown}} Meltdown]]" was intended to be the opening episode of Series IV. However it was moved to the sixth and last episode because of concerns that viewers would consider it insensitive due to the Gulf War. If hostilities had continued, it might not have been shown at all.
* RealLifeRelative:
** Creator/CraigCharles's younger brother Emile plays Lister's 17-year-old younger self in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Timeslides}} Timeslides]]".
** Robert Llewellyn's wife Judy Pascoe plays the titular love interest[[spoiler:'s mechanoid form]] in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVCamille Camille]]".
** Alexander John-Jules (Danny's nephew) as Baby Lister in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Ouroboros}} Ouroboros]]".
** Ed Bye's wife Ruby Wax as Blaze Falconburger in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Timeslides}} Timeslides]]".
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** In the first episode of Series VI, "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIPsirens Psirens]]", Lister admits essentially losing Red Dwarf due to not being able to remember which planetoid he has parked it in orbit of. As a result, the 4 of them are confined to the by far smaller scouting vessel Starbug. This was partly down to Grant Naylor wanted to write out Holly as the character had become redundant.
** Blue Midget becomes the regular mode of transport, rather than Starbug, in Series X despite the fact the Midget had been phased out after Series II. The series didn't have the time or budget to make a Starbug set they felt was good enough - it was so iconic they felt they should do it properly, or not at all.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The novel "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" had some plots used for episodes of the TV show, notably in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]". The book also explains a lot of what happened before most of the crew were killed, and some of it was adapted into Series 8. Something of a subversion in that the book is often inconsistent with the show's plot, but this was done deliberately (it is inconsistent in show too). The other books "Better Than Life", "Backwards" and "Last Human" had some features put into the show too, but none as much as the first book.
* RecycledScript:
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Trojan}} Trojan]]" is the basic premise of "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Beyond a Joke}} Beyond a Joke]]" focusing on Rimmer instead of Kryten.
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]" takes several elements from a draft of the movie script.
* RecycledSet: For series X, the same set was modified to create the marketplace, the Trojan's bridge and the Simulants' council room. The Blue Midget set seen in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Entangled}} Entangled]]" and "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]" is a redressed version of the Red Dwarf driveroom set.
** Several episodes in XI and XII have the regular "Science Room" set redressed; the Lady Be Good club in "Twentica" is one such example, although it's such a total overhaul you probably wouldn't know unless told.
* ReferencedBy: As a popular cult classic sci-fi show, It has received a good dose of Shout Outs. [[ReferencedBy/RedDwarf See the sub-page.]]
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: The song Lister and [[spoiler:Hitler]] sing in "Cured" was originally meant to be "Africa" by Toto. When the record company found out that [[spoiler:Hitler]] was involved they refused to license it, and several other companies also rejected alternative songs. They settled with "The Happy Wanderer" as it's not in copyright.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: ''Inverted'' with one of their PBS clients. KTEH 54 in California had a deal with BBC that essentially stated that they could air whatever got sent to them... and thanks to a clerical oversight, they got sent all of season 8 ahead of the BBC air date. While they would have been well within their rights to declare the international premier of season 8 on their station, they instead waited until after BBC had aired their episodes - a move that resulted in Craig Charles flying down to do several pledge drives for them. Which, in turn, led to numerous pledges [[JustHereForGodzilla just to hear Craig call them a smeghead on the air.]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Lampshaded in ''Back to Earth'' when Kryten and Lister discuss how 21st century [=DVDs=] were later replaced by "superior" technology -- video tapes -- because those were too large to lose, whereas it was scientifically proven that humans are incapable of putting [=DVD=]s back into their box... neatly explaining why the early series has the characters using VHS tapes despite the series being set in the future.
* ThrowItIn: The time Lister ate the cigarette to intimidate a hologram wasn't scripted. [[WordOfGod Craig Charles admits that he's still not sure why he did it.]] (Don't eat cigarettes. It's much more immediately fatal than smoking them.)
--> '''From The Smeg Ups''': "I don't know why I [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] ate that cigarette!"
* TooSoon: The running order of Series IV was changed because of the Gulf War.
* TroubledProduction:
** Series I was held up for six months by industrial action at Creator/TheBBC. They also had so much trouble finding studio audiences that co-creator Doug Naylor had to go around pubs near the studio to recruit audience members. The recording of the first episode went so badly that they had to do it again at the end of the series with a reworked script.
** Series V suffered from the departure of long-standing director Ed Bye. His replacement, Juliet May soon proved to be totally out of her element on the show, resulting in the intended season premiere "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Demons and Angels}} Demons and Angels]]" having to be punted back to being the penultimate episode when it turned out that not one of the complicated split-screen shots required to show the crew's "high" and "low" forms was usable. As the season wore on it quickly became apparent that the cast had lost any respect they had for May, resulting in creator Rob Grant and Doug Naylor cutting their losses, firing May and directing the remainder of the season themselves.
** The abortive ''Red Dwarf USA'' pilot suffered from friction between Grant Naylor and the American creative team, the latter of whom quickly adopted a TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong stance and shut their British counterparts out of the writing process. Not to be deterred, Grant and Naylor rewrote the pilot script themselves, and the cast and director much preferred their script, but the American producers insisted on going ahead with the original version, which proved a bomb. Not to be deterred, Grant and Naylor managed to shoot a second pilot, a glorified promo reel with NoBudget... which got an even ''worse'' reception than the first pilot, and killed the whole thing completely.
** Grant and Naylor returned to the UK fully intending to write and direct Series VI themselves, with full creative control, only for the BBC to pour cold water on that dream by giving them just four months to write and film the whole series, forcing them to hire another new director (who, fortunately, proved up to the job this time). The rushed schedule forced a much bigger reliance on {{Running Gag}}s than in previous years, and resulted in the season finale, "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time]]" being written ''as it was being shot'', with the script being typed directly onto autocues for the cast to read from. To boot, Grant and Naylor then had second thoughts about the original ending to the series and decided to turn it into a cliffhanger; as it was much too late to recall the cast, they had to improvise the cliffhanger in the edit suite using what had already been filmed.
** Series VII had a lot of trouble just getting to the point where they could even make it. Craig Charles was imprisoned due to a (eventually proven false) rape allegation, while Chris Barrie decided that he wanted to leave the show to focus on his own sitcom, ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' (eventually just starring in two episodes of Series VII, with cameos in two more). More seriously however, the strain of ''Red Dwarf USA'' and Series VI had caused the Grant Naylor writing partnership to collapse, leaving Doug Naylor to write the show alongside a bunch of new writers whose work always required extensive retooling. This time the troublesome creative process proved obvious on-screen, with Series VII being a ratings hit, but near-universally considered the show's worst season by some distance.
** Series VIII was planned to start with an hour-long special, "Back in the Red", which ended up turning into a three-part story when the budget ran out and it was the only way to make the requisite number of episodes; a lot of the third part is just padding to bulk the thing out. "Pete" was also originally a one-part story before it had to become a two-parter for similar reasons. Then the season finale came along. Doug Naylor initially wrote a ludicrously over-ambitious episode that would have seen Red Dwarf finally return to Earth, which couldn't be afforded largely because they had blown the budget on a CGI dinosaur for "Pete", before hastily writing the actual season-ending episode, "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Only The Good}} Only The Good...]]" Filming of that episode went well, albeit with Naylor having to pay for an all-important model out of his own pocket due to the budget having completely run out. But then Naylor decided to ditch the original ending (which clearly set up a Series IX) in favour of a more open-ended conclusion that would allow him to end the TV series and do a ContinuityReboot with the planned ''Red Dwarf: TheMovie'', while still doing Series IX if he wanted to. This resulted in the episode's eventual ending being something they thought of only ''minutes'' before shooting, with no idea how they were going to resolve it. There are ''four'' different endings to that series: two which were filmed but unused, one which was going to be filmed but cancelled so late that the cast were actually in costume ready to shoot it, and the ultimately used ending which replaced the cancelled ending at the last minute, and required the director to step in to play one of the parts using a costume nicked from another series.
** After ''Red Dwarf: The Movie'' died in DevelopmentHell, the eventual Series IX took the form of a three-part miniseries called "Back to Earth." Unfortunately, they only had the budget for a ''two''-part miniseries; it was originally supposed to be accompanied by a standalone special named "Red Dwarf Unplugged," where the cast would have performed classic ''Red Dwarf'' sketches before a live audience, but during a run-through it was realized that the special simply didn't work on any level whatsoever. Since Grant Naylor was still under contract to provide three episodes however, they had to stretch their minimal budget out in any way they could.
** Series X had a myriad of problems which began from two things. Firstly, Chris Barrie and Craig Charles flat-out refused to return unless every episode was shot before a live audience. This wasn't a problem back when the BBC were still making the show, as they handled that in-house, but Grant Naylor had to hire an external agency to do provide the audience at considerable expense, which in turn caused nearly all the season's location scenes to be scrapped. Secondly, the season's intended producer, Jo Howard (who had worked on the show in various capacities since Series III, and produced "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]") was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, which claimed her life not long afterwards. She was hastily replaced by Doug Naylor's son Richard, who did an admirable job given the circumstances, but made several beginner's mistakes which caused filming to be incredibly rushed. Thirdly, the cancellation of all the location filming meant that the originally planned episodes 5 & 6 were now unusable despite having been written; both had to be thrown out, and replacements were being written ''whilst the other four were being filmed''. Only half of the new episode 5, "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Dear Dave}} Dear Dave]]", could be filmed in front of an audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to go back later, film new material on greenscreen and splice it together. (The new episode 6 managed to avoid similar problems by cannibalising the script for the abandoned movie.) On top of all this, there was a camera problem that required substantial re-editing on the first episode of the season, something not helped when all the rushes went missing.
* UnfinishedEpisode:
** The originally-planned second episode "Bodysnatcher" involved Rimmer stealing Lister's organs in an attempt to build himself a new body. When the filming of the series was delayed, the writers looked at the scripts again, decided "Bodysnatcher" was the weakest ands scrapped it (replacing it with [=Me2=]), though the episode does contain one plot point which would impact later episodes ([[spoiler:it's in "Bodysnatcher" that Rimmer hides the rest of the crew's personality discs]]). Some other plot elements and jokes were recycled in later episodes as well. A storyboard voiced by Chris Barrie appears as an extra on the Bodysnatcher Collection boxset.
** Series III was to begin with Lister going through pregnancy and giving birth, only to have to abandon the twins in their home universe. The episode ("Dad") was discarded for several reasons; among them, the script came off misogynistic, Grant-Naylor found the idea of a "comedy pregnancy" unfitting for the series, and it just wasn't funny enough. Thus Series III opened with the high-speed OpeningScroll to explain the cast changes.
** To address the fact that the programme had never really had [[ADayInTheLimelight an episode that focused on the Cat]], an episode titled "Identity Within" was written for Series VII which would have inflicted the Cat with a disease that [[MateOrDie could only be cured by sex]] and the crew was meant to visit a slave auction at a GELF colony to try and acquire a mate for the Cat. The episode was eventually cut due to budget problems, so in the end there was never really an episode that featured Cat as the main character. This idea is being used for the finale of Series XI.
** An unproduced Series VIII episode entitled "Phwoaarr" would've had the crew encounter powerful pheromones that ultimately cause people to succumb to DeathBySex. The episode was scrapped because it was too lewd, and because the pheromones were too similar to the sexual-magnetism virus; the concept of Rimmer having sex with Kochanski was transferred to the episode "Cassandra". "Krytie TV" was made instead.
** There was, at one point, a Christmas Special in development, which never made it off the ground. Bill Pearson built a single model for it, which was recycled as the Simulant Death Ship in "The Beginning".
** A Comic Relief special featuring Red Dwarf and the Daleks was once attempted, but the producers couldn't get the rights to the monsters. On the A-Z of ''Red Dwarf'' feature from the 10th anniversary special that also appeared as an extra one of the [=DVDs=], the Daleks do appear stating that they don't watch ''Red Dwarf''. [[spoiler: One of them does admit that the red alert bulb gag was funny and the other shoots him for it.]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** The first two series are instantly recognisable as '80s British sitcoms because of their low production values, their focus on a limited range of sets, the comedy mostly being based around two characters arguing, and the fact that there are barely any influences from American comedy. Subverted in that Series III, made in 1989, clearly reverses all of these, and led to the series becoming far more popular.
** Series I, II and III all have a lot of references to 1980s pop culture, which nowadays seem somewhat out of place in the futuristic setting. Starting with Series IV, they toned this down a lot.
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Krytie TV}} Krytie TV]]" is a pretty specific parody of the prank TV shows that were around in the mid-late 1990s.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/RedDwarf Has its own page]].
* TheWikiRule: [[http://reddwarf.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page The Tongue Tied Red Dwarf Wiki]], and another [[http://red-dwarf.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Dwarf_Wiki Red Dwarf Wiki]].
* WordOfGod:
** In a weekly podcast for the TV channel Dave, Doug Naylor explains that Rimmer was brought back as a hologram to keep Lister sane, and as a result his holo-computer makes it so he ages at the same rate as Lister. This neatly paves over the issue of how Rimmer both doesn't age a day during his six hundred years on Rimmerworld but still ages at the same rate as Chris Barrie.
** Kryten's name is taken from the play ''The Admirable Crichton'' (pronounced same).
* YouLookFamiliar:
** Tony Hawks, who plays the in-game guide to ''Better than Life'' later appears in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Backwards}} Backwards]]", introducing the Sensational Reverse Brothers. He had also previously been the voice of the vending machines in the first series and later played Caligula in the fourth. The cast referred to him as "The Fifth Dwarfer" during the first two series. The show also contains a deliberate example; between Series II and III, the change in actor for Holly is explained away as him having fallen in love with his mirror universe counterpart Hilly, to the extent that he decided he wanted to ''become'' her - hence Hattie Hayridge playing both characters.
** Robert Llewellyn, in addition to Kryten, played Jim Reaper, a sales executive for Diva Droid; Bongo, Ace's commanding officer; Able, a zoned-out mechanoid; and the Data Doctor, a computer program used to reset Kryten's personality.
** As an example of You ''Sound'' Familiar, in the episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]" Talkie Toaster was voiced by David Ross, who was the original actor for Kryten.
** The BEGG chief in the Series X episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Entangled}} Entangled]]" is played by the same man who played Lister's GELF bride in the Series VI episode "Emohawk: Polymorph II".
** Richard O'Callaghan played The Creator in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]" and Hogey The Roguey in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]".
** Rebecca Blackstone played [[AIIsACrapshoot Pree]] in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Fathers and Suns}} Fathers and Suns]]" and returned as [[HotScientist Big Bang Beryl]] in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season XI Twentica}} Twentica]]".
** Denis Lill was both the Simulant Captain and Death in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VI Gunmen of the Apocalypse}} Gunmen of the Apocalypse]]", which makes sense, since the Simulant Captain would have been the one to create the Armageddon virus and his role as the episode's BigBad would have been etched into Kryten's mind for the BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind that his psyche interprets as a western.


!!This series has [[TropeNamers named the following tropes]]:

* EverybodysDeadDave: Repeated to OverlyLongGag levels in the first episode.
* HardLight: Rimmer when his hologram is upgraded.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Rimmer described the Polymorph like this.

!!This series [[ImageSource provides the page image]] for:

* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Rimmer and Mr. Flibble (who's very cross).
* PhraseCatcher: Everyone who has ever met Ace Rimmer.

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